The Choice is Ours

                           By Bruce Vyverberg

What I am about to say is surely one of the most crucial and time sensitive issues in our nation today.  He or she, who has an ear, let them hear…
Today, there is much fervor going around about “Same Sex Marriage”.  What was unthinkable just 10 or 15 years ago, has now become almost “main stream”.  While we have a God whose values and standards “change not”, one of His greatest gifts to man is a “free will” to believe and act as we choose.  Knowing this however, Jesus once told the people:
“He who is not with Me is against Me…” (Matthew 12:30).
In His statement, Jesus clearly tells us that we all have choices to make in this life:  Choices to follow Him and His ways, or follow our own opinions and philosophies.  With this freedom of choice however, come either eternal rewards, or eternal consequences.  Why would this surprise us?  We see this principle working out every day throughout our society.  In our schools, students are regularly graded on their achievements or lack thereof.  In the business world, employees are evaluated on their production and or performance.
Below, are just a few scriptures that clearly reflect the Lord’s attitude about our sexual activity as humans created in His image.  Like always, we are free to choose our responses.
1.  Genesis 2:24. “A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife.”
2. Leviticus 18:22.  “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman.  It is an abomination.”
3. Leviticus 20:13.  “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both have committed an abomination.”
4.  Romans 1:26-27.  “For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions.  For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.  Likewise, also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful and receiving in them-selves the penalty of their error which was due.”
5.  I Corinthians 6:9.  “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, not sodomites…will inherit the Kingdom of God.”
As Christians, it is in our very nature to hate sin, but love people.  While we obviously can’t force or coerce others to submit to the Word and ways of God, it is vital for us to know them, so that we can be obedient and find ourselves innocent of these offenses on the Day of Judgment.  By doing so, we will become increasingly light and salty in a dark and thirsty world.

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